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07/12/2013 10:35 am ET Updated Jul 13, 2013

Breakup Style Do's And Don'ts: Celebrities Tell Us How To Cope (GIFS, VIDEOS)

Ladies, we know breaking up is hard to do. And once the deed has been done, there is a tendency to immediately change everything else in your life, including your look. You've already gotten rid of his or her phone number and all the pictures of the two of you, so why not get rid of your hair?

Not so fast. According to style stars like Alexa Chung and Nicole Richie, you're going to regret that decision big time. Here are some lessons we learned from celebrities on what your next beauty move should be after that painful split...

DON'T: Cut your hair off.

"The worst mistake girls make is getting a breakup and cutting their hair." -- Nicole Richie

"Hair is so linked to how we feel and everyone goes for something radical after a break-up, but my advice if you've suffered heartbreak or you’ve broken up with someone is not to touch your hair. It's the first thing women do but you're not in a fit state to make long-term decisions. You'll have to spend four years growing it out. Buy a lipstick instead. Go and kiss loads of other people, but don't f***ing touch your hair." -- Alexa Chung

DO: Spruce up your makeup routine.

"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together." -- Elizabeth Taylor

DON'T: Forget to return to your usual self sans boyfriend.

"I always dressed nice. I don't think he ever saw me in sweatpants. I love sweatpants! I own so many! I always tried to be well-dressed and well-mannered, and I always tried to please everyone around him. And I'd always go to his places and his favorite restaurants or whatever. And there was a point where I kind of lost myself completely. I didn't smile as much, I didn't laugh as much, I wasn't a goofball, I didn't get up and dance like I usually do. And when that one ended, it was just horrible. Because I didn't know where I was. But I got that back, and I was really happy — and my family was happy to have me back!" -- Selena Gomez

DO: Indulge in some retail therapy.

"I love to shop after a bad relationship. I don't know. I buy a new outfit and it makes me feel better. It just does. Sometimes if I see a really great outfit, I'll break up with someone on purpose." -- Rita Rudner

DO: Show that significant other what he or she's missing.

"Diana had bought this dress while she was still Princess of Wales, and she felt it was too sexy. But after her separation from Prince Charles, and after the fairytale crashed... Well, out came the dress and the highest shoes she could find. And who wound up on the front page the next day? It was Diana, rocking out." -- Hal Rubenstein on Princess Diana's "revenge" dress

DON'T: Totally abandon all of your discipline and regimens.

"You can allow yourself 72 hours of wallowing time. Then you've got to get into the gym, stop eating the ice cream and move on." -- Jennifer Love Hewitt

DO: Be selfish. Love yourself the most.

(On her split with Marc Anthony) "It’s not that I didn't love myself before. Sometimes we don't realize that we are compromising ourselves. To understand that a person is not good for you, or that that person is not treating you in the right way, or that he is not doing the right thing for himself – if I stay, then I am not doing the right thing for me. I love myself enough to walk away from that now." -- Jennifer Lopez

Moral of the story? You don't want your post-breakup life to be like this:

You do want it to be like one-hit wonder Blu Cantrell's in her 2001 song "Hit 'Em Up Style":

Cheer up! Even the biggest celebrity couples don't work out sometimes...

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